Q. Hello, I am a frequent user of group study rooms on 2nd floor of Bennett library. I understand that the rooms are in high demand, but I am frustrated that some groups book a room online, but they do not use it. If I can’t use the room at the time of convenience, then at least I’d want the room to be used by some other group who really needs that location. I see group names like “menggggg” or “meng” always booking the room, but I am suspicious that they might just be being inconsiderate to other groups who’s in need of a location. The easy procedure to book a room is convenient to students, but this convenience is being abused by some inconsiderate students. It would be much better to have just one more procedure – confirm that the room is being used at that time. Say, pressing a button within 5 mins of starting time enables the room to be shown “in use”, if not, the booking be automatically erased from the booking schedule for other group to book at that time. I’ve seen SFU gym use this booking strategy for the trademill and etcs – If the person who booked the exercise instrument is not using it after 5 mins, other people are freed to use it. Please consider this suggestion and make Bennett library a better place to communicate with others and exchange knowledge. Thank you.
A. Thank you for your email. If a room has not been occupied within 10 minutes of the booking time, you are welcome to use it. This option is listed on the booking page, just above the date:
Rooms not occupied within the first 10 minutes of a scheduled time or not booked are available for anyone to use for that hour. If the room had been booked for a two-hour period, the original booker may claim the second hour.
Associate University Librarian, Administrative Services